BOOK REVIEW: "SIGN PAINTERS"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
We have been anticipating the release of Sign Painters, a new book by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, since we first heard from our friends at New Bohemia Signs (Who are featured) of its production in 2010. Documenting many of the older and emerging hand-lettering fiends, this book accurately displays the beauty and passion of the craft. The book notes and we have seen for ourselves, that there has been a resurgence in traditional sign painting.

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: alt-J "Breezeblocks"

Music // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wow, this was an amazing video. Just when you think you know what is going on, just when you make your assumptions about the characters, and just when you thought you saw every single version of the falling backward video, director Ellis Bahl created a mini-drama of darkness and horror for British band Alt-J's outstanding track, "Breezeblocks." Just when your stomach begins to turn, the story takes an even more sinister mood.

Best of 2012: Hyperreal Paintings by Diego Gravinese

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
What we wrote on January 8, 2012: Argentinian-painter Diego Gravinese creates hyperreal oil on canvas and acrylic paintings that at first we thought were a series of photographs. The works are highly detailed, capturing both mundane and bizarre scenes in photo realistic style.

“The Moleskine Project II” @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco just opened the Moleskine Project #2, a group exhibition that features a spread page taken from the sketchbooks of more than 50 artists from around the world. It brings together a broader network of sketchbooks from renowned illustrators, concept artists, oil painters and more. Knowing how much our readers love Moleskine and process works, we HIGHLY recommend checking this out.

RIME & TOPER "Snap Back..." @ Klughaus Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Snap Back – Dangerous Drawings About New York, is the name of the new exhibition of Brooklyn natives RIME (Jersey Joe) and TOPER. The show features a series of drawings, illustrations and paintings that portray the artists’ personal experiences about living in New York City... and there is a story behind each piece.

Tank Man

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Humor is a much needed and often neglected ingredient for public murals. This parody of the classic photo “Tank mMn” from the Tiananmen Square protests was painted by the collective artist group, Captain Borderline Crew, in Cologne, Germany.

Melissa Cooke

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Melissa Cooke's drawings are made by dusting thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush. The softness of the graphite provides a smooth surface that can be augmented by erasing in details and textures. No pencils are used in the work, allowing the surface to glow without the shine of heavy pencil marks. Illusion dissolves into brush work and the honesty of the material...

Paintings by Stephen Hayes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Stephen Hayes landscape paintings are rooted in the practice of painters like Monet, van Gogh, and even Bonnard, but that is not to say they are outdated. They utilize a garish juxtaposition of hues that brings these traditional modes of representing a green, pastoral scene into a more contemporary dialogue. Brush strokes begin as representation, and then wiggle their way onto the flatness of the surface, with drips at times further emphasizing this flatness of the painting...

Converse x Juxtapoz: Wall To Wall San Francisco, Brooklyn, & Richmond

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Over the past year, Juxtapoz and Converse have teamed on a unique project, Wall to Wall, where we invite a local artist in a city in North America to create a semi-permanent mural based around the artist's interpretation of the iconic Converse star. For us, we have been allowed to curate a project based around something we care about: murals and public art. And Converse has allowed us to invite an ecletic group of artists, from Lango, Dave Ellis, Troy Lovegates, Hitnes, 123Klan, and others to create brilliant works for the public to enjoy.

An evening at Pivot Point: Nike's Air Force 1 devoted Pop-Up Shop

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Last night, Nike invited Juxtapoz to check out their new pop-up space Pivot Point inside the new Barclay Center in downtown Brooklyn, home to the Brooklyn Nets. The occasion for the temporary space is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1’s and this particular event was for the launch of the new Nike Air Force Bearbrick’s.

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